Concentration Meditation


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Learn how to meditate to reduce stress and increase peace of mind. Includes steps to induce the relaxation response.

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Concentration Meditation

  1. 1. Concentration Meditation By Dr. Jill N. Henry Author, Energy SourceBook – The Fundamentals of Personal Energy
  2. 2. BRIEF HISTORY <ul><li>Practiced in India, Tibet and the Far East for centuries. </li></ul><ul><li>Concentration meditation was popularized in the West in the form of Mantra used by Maharishi Maheash Yogi in the 1960's and trademarked at TM (Transcendental Meditation) </li></ul>
  3. 3. BRIEF HISTORY <ul><li>Attention by the medical community came in the 1970's through Herbert Benson, M.D. Dr. Benson studied the techniques of TM and &quot;westernized&quot; them into a formula of practice for inducing the 'relaxation response' (see The Relaxation Response and Beyond the Relaxation Response books by Benson) </li></ul>
  4. 4. BRIEF HISTORY <ul><li>Most Western medical research findings are based upon subjects using one of the various forms of concentration or mantra meditation. </li></ul>
  5. 5. MEDITATION - a definition <ul><li>Meditation is a skill or technique which involves the development of non-sensory, inward aspects of consciousness in order to enhance one's abilities to attain one's life goals. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Elements of Concentration Meditation <ul><li>Highest mental concentration </li></ul><ul><li>Calming of all mental processes </li></ul>
  7. 7. PROCESS <ul><li>Increasing concentrated focusing of one’s attention on a single object </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Practice of concentration results in temporary attainment of deeper states of consciousness </li></ul>
  9. 9. States of Consciousness Brain Wave Cycles per Second <ul><li>beta 13-30 cps </li></ul><ul><li>alpha 8-13 cps </li></ul><ul><li>theta 4-8 cps </li></ul><ul><li>delta 1-4 cps </li></ul><ul><li>normal waking state, attention outward </li></ul><ul><li>relaxed, tranquil, inward awareness </li></ul><ul><li>meditation, creativity, inspiration, healing </li></ul><ul><li>deep, dreamless sleep </li></ul>
  10. 10. TRADITIONAL POSTURE The Seven Gestures: <ul><li>Sitting with legs crossed </li></ul><ul><li>Pelvis elevated on a pillow (or sitting in a chair with feet flat on the floor </li></ul><ul><li>Hands resting on knees (palms up or palms down) </li></ul><ul><li>Spine balanced without being rigid...chin slightly tucked </li></ul><ul><li>Eyes gazing downward (or closed or gazing slightly up) </li></ul><ul><li>Mouth slightly open with jaw relaxed </li></ul><ul><li>Tip of tongue touching palate ridge just behind upper teeth </li></ul>
  11. 11. Concentration on a sound <ul><li>Use of a specific sound, a &quot;mantra&quot; or vehicle for the mind, which has no meaning to the meditator. The sound quality is conductive to producing deep rest and refined awareness </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>When the sound is &quot;sung&quot; out loud, the combined effect of the deep breathing required to produce the sound, with the tonal qualities of the sound itself produces profound relaxation. The sound may also be repeated silently, in harmony with the breath. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Concentration on a sound <ul><li>Examples of sounds: </li></ul><ul><li>OM (AUM, AMEN, AMIN, HUM) - universal sound of awareness (AH-OU-MM: using 3 part breath) </li></ul><ul><li>HU - sound of love, balance & harmony </li></ul><ul><li>AH - sound of emotion, desire, creativity </li></ul><ul><li>EH (EE) - sound of soul force & universal life </li></ul>
  14. 14. Concentration on a word or phrase <ul><li>Benson advocated the following steps to produce the relaxation response </li></ul><ul><li>Select a word of phrase that reflects your belief system (a line from a prayer, a concept such as love, peace, joy; an affirmation; an image of peace) </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a comfortable position & close your eyes </li></ul><ul><li>Relax your muscles from feet to head </li></ul><ul><li>Become aware of your breathing, and begin to repeat the word or phrase </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain a passive attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Continue for a set period of time (10-20 minutes) </li></ul><ul><li>Practice the technique twice a day </li></ul>
  15. 15. Traditional phrases <ul><li>Gate Gate Paragate, Parasumgate, Bodhi, Suaha (GAH-TAY, GAH-TAY, PAH-R-GAH-TAY, PAH-R-SRUM GAH-TAY BOW-DEE SWAH-HAH) - Buddhist for &quot;Beyond, Beyond, the Great Beyond, Beyond that Beyond, to Thee Homage. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Traditional phrases <ul><li>OM Namaha Shivaya - Sanscrit for &quot; I honor the God/Goddess within&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. Traditional phrases <ul><li>Aum Mani Padme Hum - (AH-OWM MAH-NAY PAUD-MAY HOOM) - Tibetan &quot;The All is a precious jewel in the lotus flower which blooms in my heart&quot; </li></ul>
  18. 18. Traditional phrases <ul><li>Hail Mary full of grace ... Christian… Catholic </li></ul><ul><li>Our Father who art in Heaven... - or any line from the Lord's Prayer </li></ul><ul><li>Not my will but Thine be done ... - or any meaningful spiritual phrase </li></ul>
  19. 19. Modern Mantras <ul><li>These are self-constructed, 6-10 syllable phrases which are personally meaningful and repeated effortlessly in breathing rhythm </li></ul>
  20. 20. Modern Mantras <ul><li>the waves roll in and roll out </li></ul><ul><li>returning to my center </li></ul><ul><li>river flowing into the sea </li></ul><ul><li>peace is with me now </li></ul><ul><li>I'm willing to change and grow </li></ul>
  21. 21. Concentration on an object <ul><li>Gently watch, in a non-focused manner, the light from a candle, a scene in nature, the clouds, a symbol statue or drawing </li></ul>
  22. 22. Concentration on a sensation <ul><li>Experience the inflowing and outflowing of the breath by concentrating o the sensation of breathing either at the abdomen (rising and falling) or at the nostrils (air moving in and out) </li></ul>
  23. 23. <ul><li>May your practice of Concentration Meditation be gentle and kind </li></ul><ul><li>And bring you peace of mind. </li></ul>
  24. 24. By Dr. Jill N. Henry Author, Energy SourceBook – The Fundamentals of Personal Energy